Qioptiq logo Raytheon

SYSTEMATIC – DEVELOPING CAPABILITY By Julian Nettlefold

 


systematicBuilding on its already strong C4 capability last year, Systematic launched the latest version of its SitaWare Headquarters product at IDEX in 2015.

SitaWare Headquarters 6 is a powerful, scalable C4I solution with a simple browser interface that offers an accessible, easy-to-use yet comprehensive toolset that can significantly reduce deployment time and increase operational flexibility.

“Systematic is all about ‘simplifying critical decision making’ so simplicity is at the heart of SitaWare Headquarters 6.” said Andrew Graham, Systematic’s Senior Vice President, Business Development Defence. “It is accessed directly from a standard browser through secure private cloud deployment. With no client installation a typical deployment takes just hours rather than weeks or months. Together with its modern, intuitive user interface requiring minimal training, SitaWare Headquarters is a highly cost effective solution for our customers to deploy and maintain.”

“Over the last few releases of SitaWare Headquarters, we have been taking steps to consolidate the server technology to create a seamless C4I services platform,” said Hans Jørgen Bohlbro, Director Product Management.

“SitaWare Headquarters is designed to manage extremely high volumes of tracks in near real time, large numbers of users in a single HQ server set-up and an provide an extensive range of C4I services required to support Intelligence picture compilation, Logistics status management, Planning and Operations. Hans goes on to say “SitaWare Headquarters offers some of the strongest interoperability capabilities in the C4I arena, providing support for a wide range of modern military and civilian data communication standards ensuring full interoperability across joint environments and with your coalition partners.”
SitaWare
SitaWare is a fully integrated product suite from Joint HQ to the commander on the move. SitaWare Headquarters supports decision making at the highest level with tools for operational planning and situational awareness. SitaWare Frontline is a battle management system providing a clear operational view and rapid blue force track updates for in-vehicle commanders. SitaWare Edge is an Android solution providing C2 in the dismounted domain. SitaWare provides a core C4I capability that can be extended through its open architecture and can be tailored to meet national requirements whilst maintaining the ability to be interoperable with joint/coalition forces.
“SitaWare provides all the essential capabilities of Command and Control Information Systems (C2IS) and Battle Management Systems (BMS) right out of the box, including the all-important interoperability capabilities that allow nations to exchange battlespace information with coalition partners. Another product, SitaWare Headquarters is a scalable C4I system that provides full capabilities for the headquarter staff functions whilst SitaWare Frontline is a powerful Battle Management System supporting platoon and company commanders.” said Andrew Graham
“SitaWare enables existing radio systems to be upgraded without the requirement for huge bandwidth. Using a cost-plus system you can buy it today and use it tomorrow! The user just requires an encrypted memory stick to download SitaWare into the vehicle mission computer and the system is immediately compatible with the users other systems. If a coalition partner deploys with the SitaWare user, again, he can use the memory stick to upload the compatible software. When the user leaves the vehicle or Command Post, the software information is automatically updated to real time for the next usage.”
Another product is SitaWare Edge, a simple, lightweight and easy to use Android app designed for the dismounted commanders. This enables crucial Blue Force Tracking capabilities to identify and track own and coalition units in near real time for increased force protection. It also enables the user to use the data capability of your existing radios for fast and efficient data sharing with coalition partners through modern interoperability standards.
“We saw Blue Force Tracking capability as crucial for any dismounted software package; ten percent of all battlefield casualties are now estimated to be Blue-on-Blue.” said Andrew Graham
Other products include SitaWare C2 Server, a powerful interoperability engine that can also be used to develop customised command and control applications, whilst SitaWare Headquarters’ open architecture to extend with new capabilities and/or integrate with other business applications. SitaWare Frontline SDK provides third party developers with the ability to integrate SitaWare Frontline functionality into the tactical environment
“Electronic communication is the lifeblood of virtually every modern organisation – defence forces are no exception. But standard corporate e-mail and instant messaging tools don’t live up to military requirements for sending information between organisations and roles rather than between named individuals.” said Andrew Graham “IRIS Organisational Messaging provides a complete military message handling infrastructure, based on the well-known Microsoft® Outlook® and Microsoft® Exchange®, augmented with full support for military operating procedures. Military information has to be allocated and delivered on the basis of tasks, ranks and positions rather than people’s names, and security concerns have to be dealt with.”
IRIS Organisational Messaging – Product Highlights:
* Based on familiar Microsoft Windows email interface
* Combines organisational and Personal email in a single interface
* Automatic profiling and routing of messages based on content
* Secure message transfer using security labels and certificates
* Scalable solution, where national MMHS can be established and evolved in increments
This software significantly extends the familiar capabilities of the software so these can be easily used in military environments. It also makes sure key information doesn’t end in the wrong place by mistake or get lost. This is done by configuring IRIS Organisational Messaging to enforce the procedures used in your particular organisation. Messages are passed smoothly through command structures before being released to the appropriate recipients, and incoming messages are sent to the appropriate recipients for action. All message handling is based on roles within a specific organisation.
The Systematic Open Architecture approach is a breath of fresh air and certainly a godsend to those countries managing complex software programmes. It is likely that Systematic will become a key player as the UK’s Morpheus Programme develops.

 

 

Back to article list